Learn more about our scholarships, financial aid, teaching fellowships and internship opportunities

Funding is an important component to consider when applying to an MFA in Creative Writing program. There are four funding streams: scholarships, fellowships, internships, and loans. 


Prospective students may apply for a Teaching Fellowship in either the Composition Program or the Center for Writing Across the Curriculum when they apply for admission. Both Fellowships are disseminated directly to the student via payroll.

  • Composition Fellows receive $5,000 their first year of study and approximately $5,000 their second year of study. They receive mentorship and training the fall semester of their first year, and they teach their own English 4 Freshman Composition course during the fall of their second year. 
  • CWAC Fellows receive a stipend of approximately $2,500 in the first year and $10,000 in the second year. They receive mentorship and training during their first year, and they facilitate 6 writing circles in the writing center during their second year.
  • The MARY Journal Managing Editor Fellow receives a partial tuition waiver, $2,000 stipend their first year, and a $5,000 stipend their second year. They receive mentorship by the Managing Editor during the first year, serving as Assistant Editor, and they assume the role of Managing Editor during their second year. No additional essay is needed to apply to the fellowship, but please indicate in your personal statement if you are interested in the fellowship. A resume is required.


Students are guaranteed a paid internship in teaching, publishing, or community engagement during their second year of study in the amount of $2,000. 


Scholarship awards are announced in April and May, disbursed after August 1, and applicable towards tuition. All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships by way of their application materials. No additional documents are required. All of our students receive varying amounts of scholarships during their two years in the program. All applications are automatically considered for scholarships and are reviewed by the MFA in Creative Writing Admissions Committee. Students also have the option to apply for private scholarships through websites such as www.fastweb.com.


Loans are a separate process from Scholarships. You'll need to complete a FAFSA to apply for federal loans, which are available to all incoming students. You can find out more about federal graduate student loans on the financial aid website. For more information on Federal Student Financial Aid Programs, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Support once you are here

There are many campus jobs available to our students, as well as Resident Director positions with campus housing that provide free housing in exchange for 15-20 hours of work per week. There are development grants associated with the college at large to support student conference attendance, as well as other funding opportunities that are available to our graduate students. View a recording of "How to Pay for Grad School: Before, During and After" below:

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